I feel the author was lucky that the title "Pulp Physics" had not been taken. The title promises a level of sophistication and sexiness that the book does not even begin to approach. Even though the book is full of facts and real scientific delving, the tone suites the book better for children, not serious readers or thinkers. Or grown-ups.
Annoyingly, and for a professor of Science, surprisingly, the author is painfully apologetic toward religion. This nullifies any interest his discourse may be raising in the complex subject of science. And, in no small part, adds to the book's drudgery and senility.
Dr. Berendzen is knowledgeable in the area of physics, cosmology, mathematics and science history. There is no question about that. However, he is not a narrator. The content not withstanding, his reading deeply diminishes the quality of the audiobook. His efforts, in places, to channel Dr. Sagan's style only underscores the weakness of the product.
There are many Science titles on Audible that are far superior to this one, in content, style and delivery. I do not recommend this audiobook.
This book was an enormous disappointment, written in the tone of a schoolchild, seemingly aimed at those with no prior historical knowledge about anything, let alone astronomy.
This title seemed promising, however turned out to be a complete bust. This is less an "audiobook" and more of an "audio-collection-of-random-thoughts-of-a-physicist". Though Berendzen may know what he is talking about when it comes to stars, on earth among humans he is completely lost.
This is a quick and dirty intro in general physics for us who never took Physics in school. Now at 54 I am taking college classes in Math, AstroPhysics, Physics as a hobby and it adds to my Hobby of Astronomy. Pulp Physics got me ready for the class enviorment and found I was a step ahead of the "younger" members of the classe.
WITH! If only high school astronomy had been this interesting... maybe I would have paid attention!! You'll feel like the smartest person in 13 parsecs if you listen to this the whole way through.
I have listened to both Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, both of whom I found fascinating. This material never gets old to me and I appreciated that Dr. Berendzen's had an approach and style all his own. I was also pleased and surprised to hear some of the advances in discovery and thinking that have been made since the other earlier works. Bravo!
This is one of the best audios I have listened to. Although there were many mathmatical concepts I did not understand, the overall concepts were explained very well and were really fascinating. I actually listened to this twice back-to-back, I liked it so much.
The author/narrator considers the theological implications of physics - more so than I was comfortable with. I like my science pure - without the alloy of the paranormal. If I want to read about religion, I would look in that section thank you very much. He also has awkward ways of pronouncing certain words and often makes annoying mistakes (inappropriately applying the exceptional rules of pluralization - for instance). I cringed when he pronounced the term yin yang as as "ying yang" - ouch. Read the Toa Te Ching.
The information presented is outdated (e.g. number of Jupitier's moons) and inaccurate - number of meteors 60 per hour resulting in 1 PER SECOND! If I had not already invested 4 hours in listening, I would have stopped right there.